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Fun, Funky 2016 Fiat 500X Rolls Onto Autotrader Must Test Drive List

April 28, 2016

Fiat is no stranger to receiving praise for its uniquely European design, top-rated dependability and quirky Italian touches among other things. Now, the Fiat brand, and specifically Fiat 500X, is sporting a new claim to fame – Autotrader Magazine’s Must Test Drive award.

“The Fiat 500X competes in the hot new subcompact-crossover segment,” the editors at Autotrader said. “The 500X is roomy, offers more-than-adequate power, is as capable and efficient as rivals and is reasonably priced.”

Natural beauty comes in many forms. The 2016 Fiat 500X.

Natural beauty comes in many forms. The 2016 Fiat 500X.

Top Reasons to Test Drive a 2016 Fiat 500X:

Roomy – The Fiat 500X features a large rear cargo area with a height-adjustable rear cargo floor, second-row 60/40 split seats and fold-forward front passenger seat. Clever storage adds to the functionality of the 500X, including a dual glove box with a locking lower portion, center console storage and a bin at the base of the center stack that allows for storage and connectivity.

Sporty – With 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, the Fiat 500X provides nothing short of an experience any speed enthusiast would enjoy. That power and speed is nothing without control, and the Fiat 500X has plenty of that, too. Available all-wheel-drive and Electronic Stability Control helps to provide both a powerful and responsive performance.

Modern – Making a bold splash into the crossover market, the 2016 Fiat 500X is packed with innovation, functionality and Italian style. More space, utility, driver-centric amenities and capability make the 500X a modern classic.

Safe and secure – The all-new Fiat 500X sports a muscular appearance, and it’s designed that way with safety and security in mind. A number of standard and available safety and security features are designed to help keep you protected from the dangers of the road. Add to that seven airbags and a steel safety frame, and you’ve got one tough vehicle.

The 500X is Fiat’s first crossover, and aims to reach the North American brand by coupling all-wheel-drive capability with unique Italian styling.

“The Fiat 500X is a baby SUV that’s a bargain, but can feel like a luxury ride too,” said Autotrader. “This model has plenty of high-end options like rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-path detection, all of which add to the premium feel.”

The annual Autotrader Must Test Drive awards program is a consumer-focused accolade designed to showcase vehicles that shoppers definitely need to take for a ride before deciding what to buy, according to Autotrader. The awarded vehicles are chosen based on a diverse set of criteria outlined by Autotrader’s editorial experts, who log thousands of miles test driving the latest cats, trucks and SUVs. Consideration is only given to vehicles that car shoppers can buy at the time of the award announcement, are of the current or next model year, have a base price under $75,000, offer significant value for the asking price, and scored no lower than a “four” on Autotrader’s five-point scale. With the seal of the Autotrader Must Test Drive Awards on them, these vehicles are truly unexpectedly good.